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Highlights to date 

Closing the early years development gap

Between 2013-2015, around 200 families took part in our Early Words Together programme in three areas of Middlesbrough which has resulted in these children achieving a Good Level of Development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, closing the gap with the national average from 22.6 percentage points in 2013 to 6.27 percentage points in 2015.

Shared health and literacy agenda

Working closely with Public Health and premature baby charity Bliss, we have trained over 50 staff and therapeutic care volunteers to be literacy advocates in the local hospital's neonatal and children’s wards. The impact of our work in the neonatal ward was Highly Commended by the Third Sector’s Business Charity Award in 2016.

Feedback from parents demonstrates the value of the project:

“I never thought to read to her in the unit until I was given a book and the benefits were explained to me by the nurse. I think she enjoys me reading. I know I do.”

The power of football

We work closely with Middlesbrough Football Club to embed positive literacy messaging within the community through supporting their events and family facilities with free books, providing features on the importance of literacy in match-day programmes, a #BoroBookClub social media campaign targeting teenagers and a Father’s Day campaign led by a photo of a player reading to his daughter to encourage other dads to do the same. 


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.